The Governance of New Media

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I have discussed the topic of more governance in media many times and I always discover new avenues of thought each time.  The governance of old media was easy for those in power as the censorship, content and messages were all streamed and controlled according to government standards.  But in the wake of Web 2.0, where media is now more accessible to us,  and more easily manipulated, (by us I mean, the average citizen).

Catherine Styles’ “>article is all about Government 2.0 and making the functions of the state visible to everybody, enhancing the transparency of new media.  She then raises an interesting question: If digital media was improved and enhanced by citizens, why can’t the government be too? She explains that the concept of government and new media should be about choice: “What we need is a visualisation – a view that shows us government functions as a whole and enables us to explore the component parts. Then, we could add an architecture of participation – put it to users as to what issues should be put to the people.”

What we are seeing now is a reversal of roles.  Where the government used to control the media and thus the citizens perspectives, media is now controlling government and these higher institutions must break down there barriers and open themselves up to public scrutiny, or fail.  Styles is right, we need to know the architecture of the government, not just it’s messages.  We want to open it up, look inside and choose what we want to get out of it.  Digital media has somewhat allowed us to do this – to an extent.  We need a Government 2.0, a free institution open to the critique and choice of new media users.

New media users are capable of now challenging archaic institutions and what’s more, they are able to slowly break down those barriers.  What we need now, is for Governments to open themselves up to choice, or they will be bombarded by the billions of new media citizens.  So while we now have more choice, the governments don’t anymore…Interesting?

Caitlin Chander

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References:

http://catherinestyles.com/2009/06/28/a-government-2-0-idea/

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